Tongue twisters are tough

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Some sentences or phrases can be hard to pronounce in English, but meeting the challenge can be fun. Here are a few old favourites and a few you may have never seen before. Your first language may make some of these easier than they are for most folks. Or they may make them impossible. Tongue Twisters are often used in speech therapy and accent reduction classes.

Sam’s shop stocks short spotted socks.

Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons — balancing them badly.

A tree toad loved a she-toad
Who lived up in a tree.
He was a two-toed tree toad
But a three-toed toad was she.
The two-toed tree toad tried to win
The three-toed she-toad’s heart,
For the two-toed tree toad loved the ground
That the three-toed tree toad trod.
But the two-toed tree toad tried in vain.
He couldn’t please her whim.
From her tree toad bower
With her three-toed power
The she-toad vetoed him.

Unique New York. Unique New York. Unique New York.

How much wood
Would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He’d chuck all the wood
That a woodchuck could
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Fresh fried fish,
Fish fresh fried,
Fried fish fresh,
Fish fried fresh.

The quack quit asking quick questions.

Betty Botter had some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
it would make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter–
that would make my batter better.”

So she bought a bit of butter,
better than her bitter butter,
and she baked it in her batter,
and the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter.

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